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COVID 19 – Apprentice and Employer FAQs

 

Bath College is committed to supporting our apprentices and employers to progress with their programmes during the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
We are continuously investigating new and exciting way to ensure that apprentices are provided with a high quality learning experience during these challenging times.
 
This resource has been designed to support our apprentices and employers by providing detailed information on a range of circumstances which you may be facing related to your apprenticeship programme.
 
If you cannot find your answers here please send your questions to your assessor who will pass it on to our Apprenticeship team who will ensure that you query is answered
 

Bath College approach to supporting Apprentices during COVID-19

 
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is implementing new measures, for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way. This is designed, where possible to prevent a break in learning and avoid an apprenticeship programme needing to be resumed at a later date. This will allow apprentices to continue with their learning and complete as planned.
 
The Bath College approach to learning and assessment in the current situation is:
• Delivering training to apprentices remotely and via e-learning as far as is practicable
• Using remote end-point assessment arrangements wherever practicable and possible
• Ensuring that apprentices ready for assessment, but who cannot be assessed due to COVID-19 issues, can have their end-point assessment rescheduled.
• Providing extensions to the assessment timeframe if Gateway needs to be delayed
• Confirming that, where apprentices are made redundant, it is our ambition to find them alternative employment and continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks
 
Please note we may update these details from time to time as we continue to be informed by the ESFA.
 

Frequently asked questions and further information

 
These questions and answers will be updated regularly in line with advice from central government, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE).
 
For queries not covered by this guidance, please contact apprenticeships@bathcollege.ac.uk to speak with one of the Bath College Apprenticeships team or contact the National Apprenticeship Service helpline who can be contacted by telephone on 0800 150 600 or email helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk.
 
This section covers anything that affects how learning will be conducted and learning activity that will be carried out.
 

Changes to learning and employment

 
1. If I need to self-isolate, what will happen to my apprenticeship?
If you need to self-isolate, please talk to your employer and assessor about the best way to continue with your apprenticeship.
 
Options include:

• an increase in online learning
• a short pause of less than 4 weeks in your apprenticeship while you are in self- isolation. This will not affect the planned end-date of your apprenticeship
• re-scheduling a planned end point assessment activity for a later date.
 
The appropriate steps will be agreed based on you and your employer/training provider’s situation.
 
2. I need to take care of myself/a family member. Can I continue my apprenticeship learning at home?
 
Yes, this will be possible using online learning and telephone/video conferencing support. Please contact your assessor for further information.
 
3. My employer is enforcing a work from home policy and my classroom provision has been withdrawn. What are my options?
 
• Bath College will provide digital or distance learning solutions in most cases.
• In unique cases, agreed with the college, you can take a short pause if it is likely your apprenticeship can resume in less than 4 weeks, and you will still be able to complete your apprenticeship by the planned end-date.
 
Please talk to your assessor to agree the right approach for you.
 
4. My employer is asking me to take a period of unpaid leave/furlough, what happens to my apprenticeship during that time?
 
Where you are no longer able to work, but have not been made redundant, you can continue with your apprenticeship and resume practical work when you return to work. Please get in touch with your assessor who will ensure that remote learning is in place. Once you are back at work, you can resume the practical elements of your apprenticeship.
 
You should refer any queries around terms and conditions, including wages, to your employer in the first instance. We would also ask employers to consider using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme before making apprentices redundant.
 
The ACAS website may also be a good source of information.
 
5. What happens to the apprentice during a period of unpaid leave in terms of monies. Do they have access to Universal Credit?
 
Universal Credit may be available for both workers and the unemployed alike, as long as they meet the other conditions of entitlement (including that the applicant and their partner have savings of under £16,000 between them). Apprentices may be entitled to access Universal Credit during a period of unpaid leave. They may also have access to Universal Credit even if they were working and being paid. Being laid off or on a lesser number of hours could increase the rate of Universal Credit entitlement.
 
Apprentices on unpaid leave may also be eligible for other benefits.
 
Through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
 
6. How do I record progress towards my apprenticeship while I am subject to different working conditions like working from home?
 
You will already be recording your off-the-job training activity using an approach agreed with your assessor. Please continue to use this in the coming weeks. If your work circumstances change because of COVID-19, so that the minimum 20% off the job cannot be met in the workplace, you will need to liaise with your employer and assessor to agree other relevant distance learning that can be completed during normal working hours, that compliments your apprenticeship programme.
 
7. My employer is laying me off/making me redundant. What happens to my apprenticeship?
 
Please speak to your assessor who will report the situation to our Apprenticeships Manager. If you are made redundant, your apprenticeship training will still be able to continue. Your assessor will still be able to offer training, based on your circumstances, in the short term. The college will support you in finding a new employer as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks. All attempts will be made by the college to work with your current employer to look at all options to avoid any redundancy situation.
 
We would urge all employers to consider using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
 
8. If I can’t work/attend training, will I still be paid?
 
An apprenticeship is a job with training, so even when you are not able to do your training, you are still employed. You will be paid in line with the details in your employment contract.
 
Where you are unable to work, we suggest speaking to your employer about their polices on pay. The government is providing a range of support to employers to help them retain and pay the wages of employees (including apprentices) during the coming months.
 
9. Due to business continuity measures all staff are required to be available at their usual place of work. How can apprentices continue their learning?
 
If apprentices are unable to attend their scheduled learning events, there are several options available to you:
• Bath College will be providing apprentices with high quality digital or distance learning opportunities to continue with their training. This will continue to go towards their off the job hours and improve their overall skills. The apprentice will need to be provided with time to complete this work during their normal working week.
• they could be offered additional on-site mentor support and shadowing
• they could take a short pause in their learning of less than four weeks while still completing by their planned end-date
Please speak with your assessor to plan the best approach for your circumstances.
 
10. I am having to move staff into different and/or business critical roles that aren’t related to their apprenticeship. What happens to their apprenticeship?

 
It is our goal that apprentices can promptly resume their apprenticeship and continue to successful completion of end-point assessment. In these cases, the apprentice can continue to works towards their apprenticeship programme and distance learning will be provided to continue to deliver all knowledge and theory elements of the current programme. This will need to be monitored closely by their assessor so please keep in contact with them during this time.
 
If that move becomes permanent, you should look to see which alternative apprenticeship your apprentice can transfer to.
 
Please speak with your assessor if this situation is affecting you.
 
11. What do I do if I think an apprentice is not well enough to work (especially in a health setting)?
 
Employers should follow the government’s guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
12. I am a non-levy paying employer recruiting for/having apprentices due to start. Can I still go ahead?
 
Yes. Please take guidance from the college as you would for an apprenticeship start in any other circumstances. We will need to enrol your apprentices remotely via skype/phone but a full information, advice and guidance session will still take place ensuring a successful and well planned start for your apprentices.
 
13. What happens to my funding reservation as a non-levy employer, if my apprentice can’t start?
 
Reservations will expire if they are not turned into a commitment within 3 months of the apprenticeship start date, detailed in the reservation. Where a commitment is needed, and a previous reservation has expired, a new reservation must first be made.
 
14. Should employers use the ‘Stop’ or ‘Pause’ apprentice facility in the apprenticeship service?
 
In circumstances related to COVID-19, employers should use the ‘Pause’ function in the service once they have consulted and agreed this with the college. Employers must only use the ‘Stop’ function when they are certain that training will not resume at any point. Using ‘Pause’ will stop payments temporarily and allow the employer and apprentice to resume the apprenticeship at a later date. We are reviewing options to simplify the process of re-starting apprentices on the service, including to facilitate a transfer to a different apprenticeship or employer in due course.
 
Levy employers should contact your dedicated account manager for further details apprenticeship.
 

Changes to assessment

 
This section covers all questions related to completion of the apprenticeship.
15. I am on a fixed-term contract, which would ordinarily have given enough time to complete the training and the end-point assessment. If the training is delayed, and I have not completed my EPA before I leave employment, can I do the end-point assessment afterwards?
 
You should be employed when you are taking your end-point assessment so, where a where a programme has been delayed, and the planned end-date for your apprenticeship will be hindered, please speak to your employer and assessor to arrange how best to facilitate the EPA.
 
16. What will happen if I am not well enough to take my end-point assessment?
 
If you are unwell, or in a period of self-isolation, and unable to attend your end-point assessment, please contact your assessor as soon as you are able, to allow them maximum time to re-schedule your assessment.
 
17. Gateways are being delayed and we cannot complete the end-point assessment in the required time frame. Can we extend the EPA timeframe due to the current disruption?
 
Apprentices who are deemed ready for assessment, and cannot be assessed due to assessor illness, or Covid-19 related measures, are allowed to take a break before taking their EPA, and for the EPA to be rescheduled.
 
If the EPA timeframe needs to be extended beyond what is allowed in the assessment plan (where specified), EPAOs are responsible for agreeing extensions to EPA timeframes during the current disruption. EPAOs should work closely with EQAPs to ensure quality of EPA is maintained.
 
18. Where the end-point assessment plan states that assessment must be conducted face-to-face, but cannot be under the current circumstances, can we conduct these remotely?
 
Where an assessment method requires face to face engagement, this can be conducted remotely, subject to the following conditions:
 
• arrangements are cleared in advance by the EQA provider
• the apprentice’s identity is verified
• remote tests are supervised by an appropriately trained invigilator or assessor:
o who has the necessary qualifications, training or experience
o who has not been involved in the training, preparation or line management of the apprentice
• appropriate technology and systems are in place
• the impact that remote assessment may have on apprentices is to be taken into consideration, to ensure a fair and reliable assessment of occupational competence
• where alternatives are not appropriate, a pause and rescheduling might be the only action. An extension of 12 weeks is allowable for those Endpoint Assessment Plans (EPA) where a time limit is specified from gateway to EPA. It is to be logged on and shared with EQAPs on a timely basis.
 
19. How will invigilation of assessments be conducted remotely?
 
Remote tests should be supervised by an appropriately trained invigilator, or assessor who has the necessary qualifications, training or experience, and who has not been involved in the training, preparation or line management of the apprentice.
 
Tests must only be carried out within a supervised and controlled environment. EPAOs must ensure all testing meets security requirements, and that the details of invigilators are recorded and available for confirmation by EQAPs.
 
20. If the current situation continues for a long period of time, would you consider awarding the apprenticeship without the end-point assessment?
 
Unlike some other exams, the Government would not consider this to be appropriate at the current time.
 
21. Can the timeframe for completion be extended if the completion of EQA activity cannot take place?
 
EQA activity should be delivered remotely and continue within current guidelines. EQAPs should reschedule audits where this is appropriate.
 
22. We can deliver part of the end-point assessment, but some sections require direct observation. How do we deal with these components?
 
These elements of the EPA will need to be rescheduled if they cannot be undertaken remotely. If the EPA timeframe needs to be extended beyond what is allowed in the assessment plan, the EPAO should seek agreement from the EQAP. Where a specified assessment method for a specific standard might be adjusted, without threatening safety, and in a manner in which it meets the original intent, EPAOs should discuss this option with their EQAP, who may refer it to the Institute for authority.
 
The substitution of assessment methods is not considered appropriate at this time.
 
With the prior authority of their EQAP, assessments may be conducted in an appropriate simulated environment, such as a training facility.
 

Additional Information

 
There may be instances relating to some of the circumstances above where a break in learning may need to be considered. If you believe this to be the case, please discuss this with your assessor. This query will be passed on to the Apprenticeship Manager at Bath College for further investigation.
 
Other Useful Links
COVID-19: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses can be found using the link below
www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
 
Detailed advice from ACAS for employers and employees related to COVID-19 is available here:
www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
 

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Applying to Bath College for 2020? What to expect and what we are doing FAQ’s

 

Updated 14th May 2020 12.26pm

 

Given the current situation with COVID-19 nationally, we are conducting our interview and applications process slightly differently this year to ensure that you are fully supported and clear of what is expected of you. We have compiled a list of FAQ’s you might have about applications, and will be adding to it as more questions come in so please check back here if you have any questions.

 

If you have a question that’s not detailed on here, or want some general information please contact admissions by emailing AdmissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk
 
Following new Government guidance, we are currently evaluating next steps for re-opening the College. Our planning is underpinned by the principle that the safety of our students and staff is paramount and we will ensure all health, safety and security measures are in place, following all official guidance before returning.
 

If you are a full-time applicant with a place at College for 2020/21, please be assured that you will still be able to start your student life in September and we will be in touch very soon to explain what that will look like.

 

If you are a returning student, we will also advise you very soon about the next steps.
 
If you are an apprentice or adult learner, we will be in touch to advise you about employers and individual courses over the next few weeks.
 

Whatever the next few months brings, we are here to support you. If you have any concerns please email closure@bathcollege.ac.uk
 
The College has now reverted to online teaching and remote learning due to the Covid 19 outbreak and our staff and indeed students are working incredibly hard to support one another complete their qualifications. We are seeing some amazing results. Our team is also working hard to support new applicants.

We understand that now is a challenging and unsettling time for students. We are monitoring the national situation and government guidance very closely. Rest assured, this page will be updated regularly in line with any changes of policy or guidance.

 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

If I apply what will happen to my application next?

Great news, we can’t wait to hear from you. We know there is a little uncertainty about exams at the moment so we want to make your transition to Bath College as simple as possible. Therefore if your current predicted grades meet the entry criteria for the course you are applying for, you will be guaranteed a conditional offer at our college. As part of the condition there are a couple of courses (Music and Performing Arts) which will expect you to complete an online task of two, but you will be advised of that in your offer. Welcome on board.

 

I have a conditional offer already and it is based on achieving certain GCSE results. What happens now?

Your original conditions for your course would have been based on you achieving certain grades in your exams. Given the uncertainty around exams currently, we are writing to each of you individually to let you know that we will use your predicted grades now instead. Welcome on board. Your offer with us is safe and we don’t want you to worry. Make sure you accept your place so we can get excited about meeting you again.

 

With GCSE and A Level exams being cancelled, how will grades be calculated?

Following the cancellation of examinations for GCSE and A levels during the national Covid 19 epidemic, we have been awaiting advice as to how awarding bodies would enable grades to be calculated for learners. In the case of A levels and GCSE’s for the following awarding bodies AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC Eduqas, ASDAN and City & Guilds the advice is as follows;

 

Teachers will be asked to make a fair judgement of what they believe their students would have achieved should they have undertaken the exam. To form this judgement, they will be asked to take into account all ways in which their students will have demonstrated their learning and will be also use understanding of their student’s knowledge obtained through homework tasks, class performance, coursework and mock exams. Schools and colleges are awaiting further advice on how these grades should be allocated to ensure parity and fairness. For students working on functional skills, technical and vocational programmes, we are awaiting further clarification by the relevant awarding bodies on how grades will be allocated.

 

Please click HERE for current guidance provided by ofqual for further information.

 

Do you know when college will return to normal?

The answer is no, not at the moment. The national situation is very fluid. However, we are monitoring the government guidance very closely and will provide any updates as soon as we know of any.

 

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

Yes, we are still welcoming applications on all of our courses and you will be offered a conditional place at college based on your predicted grades.

 

Will the September 2020 intake be postponed?

Bath College is closely monitoring the situation and students will be updated if the Government proposes to enact any decisions that could affect start dates. This is a complex and evolving situation so please bear with us.

 

Will the college be asking learners and staff to work remotely next academic year?

The College has now moved to online and remote learning teaching for the rest of the academic year. There is no update currently as to whether this will be required in September 2020.

 

Is it worth me applying late with many things being on hold around the country?

We are actively accepting applications now and we encourage you to make an application. You will receive a prompt response and offer based on your predicted grades. Making an application now will be a really positive move for your future.

 

How will students be assessed for their final grades?

We are awaiting final guidance from OFQUAL and the awarding bodies about the agreed process and will provide updates and soon as we receive them.

 
 

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Riley Phillips – Bath College Case Study – IT

 

Riley is one of our hard working BTEC IT students, who is also currently working part time at an IT company called SoVisionIT, Riley is really enjoying his course, and his part time job is helping him get valuable work experience in aspects of cyber security, the sector he would like to go into after he completes his BTEC.

 

We had a chat with Riley to find out what it’s like to be an IT student at Bath College, and what he does in his part time job.

 

What course do you study at Bath College?

I study Information Technology BTEC Level 3

 

What part of your course do you enjoy the most?

The most enjoyable aspect of the course would be the Web development with Steven Harries. I enjoy coding, and Steve’s class is all about that. My future goal in IT is to become a member of a cyber security firm. HTML is a great starting point, to find an error which could lead to the development of my problem finding skills.

 

What have you done on your course that you think has been valuable?

I feel like the most valuable part of my course is the multi-subject part, being able to experience nearly all fields in the IT industry and being able to communicate with others who have the same interest of IT as I do.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

I applied for Bath College to expand my knowledge in IT and achieve qualifications that can be shown on my CV and help me later in life.

 

What are you doing now/what would you like to do in the future?

I am currently working on software testing. This allows for me to gather experience finding errors and bugs within programs that will need to be always stable. This is similar to work they do in cyber security which is the IT field I would like to go in, in the future.

 

Can you describe a typical day on your job?

I test websites that are used to control tracking systems, web applications etc, clicking each button making sure that it does what it was programmed to do. I work with the development team, they make/fix software designed mainly for websites from clients. They finalise it, pass it on to me and I try my best to break the system. Discovering errors which then can be fixed, preventing future errors.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking at enrolling on a BTEC IT Course?

The best piece of advice I would give to students is to just go for it. IT may look difficult to some people, or that they can’t understand anything, but however this course is what eliminates those thoughts. If you’re interested in the subject and want to study more, don’t hesitate and just go for it!

 

If you’re interested in enrolling on our BTEC IT course, you can find it by clicking here. You can find our full IT Course list by clicking here.

 

If you’re interested in IT Leisure Courses, we do evening courses in HTML and CSS.

 

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Covid-19 College Updates

**Updated 16.47 17th June** Fully accessible link here
 
 
Bath College campuses are closed to all but a small selection of learners until further notice following the Government’s announcement regarding the Coronavirus. Tutors and teaching staff will keep in touch with students during the closure to aid learning from home.
 
Bath College’s Safe Space for vulnerable learners is open and students have been contacted individually with invitations.
 
Staff are all working remotely at this time, so are contactable via email, but may take slightly longer to respond than normal as they are teaching online.
 
We know that many young people are anxious, so we want to reassure you that our full-time courses will be safely starting and we will explain what this will look like practically in due course and are following government guidelines carefully. Please click here for updates on the reopening of College for Further Education Students (post-16 provision). If you would like some tasks relating to your course to start ahead of September, email admissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk and read more here.
 
Please check the website, social media and your emails regularly for updates.

 

All students and parents have been emailed. If you have any queries please contact the College on closure@bathcollege.ac.uk. You can also read the letter sent to parents/guardians here.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive

 
 

 
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Click here for Department of Education Guidance: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
 
Click here for Ofqual’s guidance on exams and awarded assessments.
 

Click here for B&NES information on applying for welfare support.
 
Click here for Parent/Carer FAQs
 
Click here for a list by B&NES of useful links about support for council tax, food banks, housing, debt and grants.
 
Emails are being sent to students and parents/carers that students have consented to be informed. If you did not receive it, you may wish to change your email address the College holds for you on ProPortal.
 

‘Closed’ does not mean you don’t need to study
Neither of our campuses will be open for normal lessons. This means that during the next few months, you will be having online or remote learning that you’ll need to do at home. Our lecturers and managers have been planning for this over the last few weeks and have done a great job in setting up arrangements for this to happen. The way it will work will be slightly different depending on which course you are doing but all College staff are committed to ensuring you are successful in your course this year.
 
Tutorials
You will still be supported by a Primary Tutor during this period. This Tutor may not be your regular Primary Tutor but they will be a lecturer you already know. All Primary Tutors have been planning how this will happen and will ensure that you get all the support you need to progress on your course. They will be ringing you every day and will share tutorial schedules with you at the start of the week. (When they ring you, their number is likely to who as ‘withheld’.
 
English and Maths
If you are studying towards English and/or Maths GCSE or Functional Skills, you will have no doubt heard that many exams have been cancelled this year. Grades are still likely to be awarded though and so it is going to become even more important that you take part in the work that your English or Maths teachers are going to be giving to you as those grades might be given based on what progress you have made in class (and now at home). Your teachers will explain more.
 
Welfare and Safeguarding
Our Welfare and Safeguarding Staff are still around to support you and so if you have a problem or if you have been talking to one of the team up to now, you will be able to do so, just not in person. They will be available during normal College hours on the numbers below.
 
07815 491988
07966 980534
 
Accessing IT at home
Please contact your lecturer or Primary Tutor if you know that you will not be able to access IT from home.
You’ll get another email today or tomorrow from me with some FAQs and advice on working at home but in the meantime please email closure@bathcollege.ac.uk if you have any specific questions.
 
Apprentices and Employers
Please read our full Q&A here.
 
 

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A spring forward for vocational training

 

An exciting new event called Spring Forward is taking place later this month, focussing on new skills and opportunities.
 
The event is ideal for anyone interested in finding out more about training opportunities in and around Frome; whether you’re a young person getting ready to enter the workforce for the first time, or someone looking to retrain or return to work. Or maybe you could just be looking to learn some new skills and gain some new experiences.

 

Taking place on Wednesday 25th March at Somerset Skills & Learning in Frome, this new event was borne out of a steering group that Frome Town Council set up last September. The group’s aim was to explore what vocational training opportunities are available in and around Frome. The evening will showcase what is currently available, as well as finding out from residents in Frome what other types of training they would like to see in the future.
 
As a collaborative effort, training providers from Somerset Skills & Learning, Edventure, Frome Community Education, Strode College, Bath College and Wiltshire College will be on hand to give advice about the training opportunities they offer. These include a wide range of courses from subjects such as Agriculture; Arts/ Creative Media; Business Management; Catering & Hospitality; Construction; Digital; Engineering; Health & Safety; Music & Performing Arts; Social Care; through to Sports & Leisure.
 
These courses are offered on a full-time or part-time basis; but there are also other practical ways to train including placements, apprenticeships and traineeships. Jobcentre Plus and Skill Up Somerset will also be at the event to give advice.
 
Cllr Maxine Crawley who is part of the steering group said, “The event offers a great relaxed space to come and find out about what’s on offer to learn and train locally. There will be delicious free food available courtesy of the catering students from Frome College, and we will have DJ workshops and Virtual Reality experiences running throughout the event to keep everyone entertained”.
 
The free event takes place at Somerset Skills and Learning, 15 Palmer Street, Frome and starts at 4pm and goes through to 7pm, and you are welcome to drop in at any time.
 

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Coronavirus Advice for Places of Education

Updated 17th March 6.40pm
 
 
While we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus, the College has taken the difficult decision to suspend face-to-face teaching for the rest of this week, starting on Wednesday 18th March. We will be closely monitoring the national and local situation over the next few days and will evaluate our position before the end of Friday 20th March. We expect students to be back at College in the week commencing Monday 23rd March unless we inform you otherwise.

 

If you have a vital examination in the next few days, we will be in touch via email to give you more details. All students and parents have been emailed. If you have any queries please contact the College on closure@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive

 

 
This guidance will be reviewed daily by 4pm until further notice.
 
If you are a parent of a Bath College student and have not received updates from the College on the Coronavirus situation, please contact Jordan Wilkins on Jordan.Wilkins@bathcollege.ac.uk stating your son/daughter’s name, date of birth and the email address you would like the updates to come to.

 
 

 

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

 

A helpline has been set up to answer questions about COVID-19. Staff, Parents and Young People can contact the helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Where to find the latest information

 

You can find regular updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) HERE

 

You can find the Government Advice for Educational setting HERE

 

 

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Project SEARCH Interns secure jobs in Bath

 

Young people with learning difficulties or disabilities, who want to increase their employability skills and find paid work, can apply for our Project SEARCH internship programme. Each year Bath & North East Somerset Council provides internships from September through to June in professional work environments. The interns learn transferrable skills working in three different departments for ten weeks. This year, our interns have worked in places such as B&NES Offices, Better Leisure Centre, The Roman Baths, Charlton House Care Home as well as many other places.

 

During their time on the course the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care.  The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs.

 

Two of this years cohort of Project SEARCH Interns have secured jobs and had a tea party to celebrate. Jake will be working as a Porter at The Roman Baths, a job he did on his first rotation of his internship. Jake is really excited to be starting his new job;

 

“The Roman Baths was my favourite job, and I’m really looking forward to starting at The Roman Baths!”

 

Jake’s Grandparents attended the tea party to celebrate and they were absolutely thrilled that he had secured his favourite job, they said:

 

“This time last year Jake was a very nervous boy, but Project SEARCH has really helped with his confidence. It’s wonderful to see him being social and happy”

 

Jake on the Job at Better Leisure Centre

 

Matthew, another Project SEARCH Intern has secured a job working as a Porter up at The University of Bath, and says he is ‘excited to do something new’. Matthew’s favourite rotation was working at The B&NES Offices, as he enjoyed being trained on how to use the computer for work.

 

Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

 

Councillor Dine Romero, Council Leader said:

 

“This is the 12th year we’ve run Project SEARCH and over that time it’s proved hugely successful with our graduates finding community-based employment through the programme. It really is a fantastic way to experience the world of work while developing employability skills.  At a time when the average employment rate in the UK  for adults with a learning difficulty or disability has dropped to just six per cent, its essential we provide opportunities like this to help more young people find sustainable employment.”

 

Project Search is open to young people with learning difficulties or disabilities who are aged 18-25, and applications for next academic year are now open. If you know someone who would like to apply for a placement please click here to go to the Project SEARCH Application page.

 

Following successful completion of the nine-month internship graduates are presented with certificates at a special ceremony in front of an audience of family members, programme partners, local businesses and council staff.

 

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